West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, and Landslides (DR-1410)

Incident period: May 2, 2002 to May 20, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on May 5, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

May 16, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- The Kermit Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) ends operations this weekend, and a new center in Bradshaw opens on Monday, May 20, to assist individuals affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides of May 2 and continuing. The McDowell County center opens in the Bradshaw Town Hall on May 20, and will remain open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., until further notice. The Kermit DRC, located at City Hall, 100 Main Street (Route 52), will remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., until the close of business Saturday, May 18.
May 16, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Federal and state officials have contracted to install additional portable showers and toilets for use by residents affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and landslides in McDowell and Mingo counties. The additions will bring the total to six portable showers and more than 330 portable toilets. In McDowell County, six-head portable showers are at Frog Level Road, Coalwood; Fanning Funeral Home, Iaeger; Jakes Grocery Store in Worth; Panther Creek Missionary Baptist Church, and in Avondale at the foot of the bridge leading to Ritter Hollow.
May 14, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Officials from the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have established two mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to assist individuals affected by the severe storms, flooding and landslides of May 2 and continuing.
May 14, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- Nearly $2.4 million in disaster housing grants for residents affected by the recent severe storms, flooding and landslides in southern West Virginia has been approved, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced today. As of Tuesday, 3,483 individuals had registered with FEMA for assistance. Of these, 1,835 were referred to the Individual and Family Grant Program and 3,129 were being processed for Disaster Housing assistance.
May 13, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- It is especially urgent that steps be taken to control mold which can develop following excessive water in your home, according to Dr. Henry G. Taylor, Commissioner for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health. "When airborne mold spores are present in large numbers, they can trigger allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections and other respiratory problems," he said. "In addition, exposure can cause development of an allergy to mold, resulting in long-term problems.
May 13, 2002
News Release
Beckley, WV -- "Clean up now! Don't wait!" That was the advice given victims of the West Virginia flooding by Joe Allbaugh, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Some people have the false belief that they must wait for an inspector before they can start to get their lives back in order," he said. "They fear they may not qualify for assistance if repairs are already made. This is not true." "In fact," said State Coordinating Officer Steve Kappa, "waiting not only is unnecessary, but can lead to serious health risks as well as more costs later."

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